The objectives of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis are:
To promote, for the benefit of the public, the study, teaching and use of hypnosis in the fields of medicine, dentistry and psychology.
To encourage the conduct of research into, and audit of the practices of clinical hypnosis and the publication of the useful results of that research.
BSCAH is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the highest professional standards in the practice of hypnosis for clinical or experimental purposes and in the dissemination of information concerning hypnosis.
Members of the BSCAH are professionals in their own right and are subject to the strict guidelines and codes of conduct specified by their own professional body. Whilst not all members are medical practitioners, the “Duties of a Doctor “ produced by the GMC is a model applicable for all members who do clinical work.
Duties of a Doctor
Patients must be able to trust you with their lives and wellbeing. To justify that trust, we as a profession have a duty to maintain a good standard of practice and care and to show respect for human life.
In particular you must:
make the care of your patient your first concern;
treat every patient politely and considerately;
respect patients dignity and privacy;
listen to patients and respect their views;
give patients information in a way they can understand;
respect the rights of patients to be fully involved in decisions about their care;
keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date;
recognise the limits of your professional competence;
be honest and trustworthy;
respect and protect confidential information;
make sure that your personal beliefs do not prejudice your patients care;
act quickly to protect patients from risk if you have good reason to believe that you or a colleague may not be fit to practise;
avoid abusing your position as a doctor; and
work with colleagues in the ways that best serve patients interests.
In all these matters you must never discriminate unfairly against your patients or colleagues. And you must always be prepared to justify your actions to them.
Academics and experimentalists should also be mindful of these principles and comply with procedures of their institutions regarding ethical approval for projects. Standards of probity should be similar to those expected of medical practitioners (e.g. relations with commercial organizations, plagiarism, honest reporting of results etc.)
Use of the Society´s name
Members are instructed not to use the acronym MBSCAH in their title as it can be misleading. BSCAH Accred, as it denotes a peer reviewed standard of hypnosis, is acceptable once it has been obtained.
Making a complaint
If you have any complaints or concerns about the service you have received from BSCAH National Office or one of our members please let us know.
We hope that most problems can be sorted easily and quickly at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If your problem cannot be sorted out in this way and you wish to make a complaint, we would ask you to let us know as soon as possible; ideally within a matter of days or at most a few weeks. This will enable us to establish what happened more easily. Please write giving as much information as you can to the BSCAH National Office. If the complaint concerns a paid official at National Office then the complaint should, in the first instance, be directed to the Honorary Secretary.
National Office will forward your complaint to the Ethics Chair who will investigate the matter, contact those concerned and ask for their comments. In difficult or complicated circumstances the Ethics Chair may consult the Executive of BSCAH for advice and may convene a small subcommittee of appropriate colleagues. If the complaint concerns the Ethics Chair the National Office secretary will forward it to the President or Chair of Council.